Today’s Top 5’s will focus on the hefty 14-game slate, which features some challenging pitching decisions to go with some sneaky offensive matchups. Any questions, please find me on Twitter @JasonWalker_72 — let’s do this!

Catchers

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Brian McCannNYYTBR$3,100
2Sandy LeonBOSARZ$3,400
3Wilson RamosWASATL$4,700
4Robinson ChirinosTEXDET$3,500
5Russell MartinTORHOU$3,200

  • McCann, at home, vs RHP, is a great matchup, at a cheap price, with Yankee Stadium currently the #1 place for LH bats for HRs.
  • Leon has a .450 wOBA/.250 ISO against LHP and ARZ SP Corbin has given up 39% hard contact to RH bats.
  • ATL SP Foltynewicz has a .512 SLG against RH away from ATL, and Ramos has a 148 wRC+ at home vs. RHP this season.


1st Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Edwin EncarnacionTORHOU$4,100
2Chris CarterMILCIN$3,500
3Mitch MorelandTEXDET$4,400
4Hanley RamirezBOSARZ$4,200
5Mike NapoliCLELAA$5,000

  • A .410 wOBA and .300 ISO is what Encarnacion has against RHP this season, and a 136 wRC+ against RHP at home.
  • Chris Carter is Hard Contact, with 40+% hard contact against all splits. At home, he has a 44% hard contact rate vs. RHP.
  • Mike Napoli rolls on and has a 208 wRC+ against LHP at home with 54.6% hard contact. LAA SP Skaggs has been good so far, but carries a 4.68 xFIP against RH bats on the road.


2nd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Devon TravisTORHOU$4,400
2Trea TurnerWASATL$3,900
3Jurickson ProfarTEXDET$3,900
4Jose AltuveHOUTOR$5,100
5Jason KipnisCLELAA$4,100

  • Travis has been white hot, with a leadoff role, a .410 wOBA against RHP and a 138 hard hit factor over his last seven games (100 is average).
  • Trea Turner isn’t cooling off, having a 200 expected power (100 is average) and 85% contact rate against ATL SP Foltynewicz, who has a less than 10% swinging strike rate and 16.8% K-rate in split.
  • Jose Altuve is nuts against LHP, with a .460 wOBA and .240 ISO and gets TOR SP Liriano, who has a 4.61 xFIP against RH bats this season with a high 14% walk rate.


3rd Base

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Josh DonaldsonTORHOU$4,600
2Evan LongoriaTBRNYY$4,500
3Adrian BeltreTEXDET$4,300
4Jose RamirezCLELAA$4,200
5Anthony RendonWASATL$4,100

  • Donaldson has a 41% hard contact rate this season at home vs. RHP and a 169 wRC+ and gets the inexperienced HOU SP Musgrove in Rogers Centre tonight.
  • NYY SP Sabathia started the season frisky, but has faded badly in the last month, carrying a 5.21 SIERA and a dismal 6.2% swinging strike rate. Longoria has hit LHP hard this season, at 39% on the road.
  • Ramirez smokes LHP at home, with a 170 wRC+ and can take advantage of the aforementioned weakness in LAA Skaggs against RH bats.


Shortstop

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Francisco LindorCLELAA$4,100
2Jonathan VillarMILCIN$4,700
3Marcus SemienOAKSEA$4,000
4Carlos CorreaHOUTOR$3,900
5Danny EspinosaWASATL$3,000

  • Lindor sits in the middle of a strong stack tonight and has a solid 129 wRC+ in split tonight as well.
  • Marcus Semien has a .232 ISO and 128 wRC+ against LHP at home, and SEA SP Miranda has a 52% hard contact rate to RH bats already in his young career.
  • A 153 wRC+ against LHP away is what Carlos Correa brings to the table tonight, along with a 50% hard contact rate in split tonight.


Outfield

RankPlayerTeamOppSalary
1Marcell OzunaMIACWS$4,200
2Michael SaundersTORHOU$3,400
3Carlos BeltranTEXDET$4,300
4David DahlCOLPHI$4,200
5Alex DickersonSDPNYM$3,800
6Ian DesmondTEXDET$3,800
7Giancarlo StantonMIACWS$4,700
8Bryce HarperWASATL$4,200

  • Ozuna is lock/load against LHP this season, especially at home. Ozuna has a massive 230 wRC+ against LHP at home, with a .468 ISO and 45% hard contact as well.
  • Ozuna’s teammate Stanton is strong in this split as well, with a 156 wRC+ and 58% hard contact.
  • Desmond has a 130 wRC+ at home against RHP with a .511 SLG and DET SP Sanchez has a 5.16 xFIP away vs. RH bats this season.
  • PHI SP Thompson has one of the highest SIERAs on the slate tonight, with a 6.33 SIERA in his less than nine inning of work. Dahl has a shown prowess outside of Coors so far, with a 143 wRC+ in split.
  • Dickerson is batting cleanup, has a .319 ISO against RHP away and a solid 153 wRC+ as well. NYM Verrett has a 4.91 SIERA over his last 30 days.

 


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